Baby Snake Found In Missouri, What Kind Of Snake Is This?


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Babz Bell answered
There are almost 40 different types of snake that call the beautiful state of Missouri home. Five of these are poisonous; Osage Copperhead (Agkistrodon Contortrix Phaeogaster), Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon Piscivorus Leucostoma), Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus Horridus), Western Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus Miliarius Streckeri) and the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus Catenatus).
Focusing on the yellow stripes that you mention, I have outlined three possibilities:
It may be that you saw a Graham's Crayfish Snake (Regina grahamii) which is brown with yellow stripes. These are pretty harmless snakes; they keep themselves to themselves and are often misidentified as the poisonous Western Cottonmouth. Graham's Crayfish Snakes are semi-aquatic and are found state wide in Missouri (except for the Ozarks).
Another possibility is that you saw an Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis Sirtalis). They are very dark brown with yellow stripes. Watch out though, they will bite as a form of defense but thankfully are not poisonous. Eastern Garter Snakes are found in the eastern half of Missouri.
Finally it may be a Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis Proximus) which is black and yellow with a greenish belly. They like wooded areas near water. They don't bite but will secrete an incredibly stinky musk when captured. This snake is found throughout the state of Missouri.
Remember to be very careful when happening upon wild snakes (any wild animals in fact). Do not try to capture a snake unless you are an experienced herpetologist, when out walking in areas likely to contain snakes, look down and around your feet, wear thick socks and proper boots on said feet and do not lift up large stones or fallen vegetative matter. Finally if you find yourself within striking distance, freeze and retreat slowly.
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Ace anonymous answered
There are only two types of snakes that I know of with that description that live in the Missouri area, and they are both non-venemous garden snakes.
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andi XD answered
Well you know the saying black next to yellow will kill a fellow red next black wont hurt a jack        now I don't no if this is completely true but every always say it s but here's a link to snakes in Missouri with pics hope this helps     Missouri's Constrictors
thanked the writer.
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Ace anonymous commented
That saying red-n-yellow killed a fellow, red-n-black venom lack applies for telling the difference between a coral snake and a milk snake.
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Anonymous answered
I would say a garter snake or an unknown species  but you can call it what you want
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Anonymous answered
It is a Western Ribbon Snake, yes it is related to garter, also harmless. When I was a kid we played with them they produce an odor when frightened. Hope this helps.
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Anonymous answered
It is a garter snake it is nonpoisonous it is very common in missouri look at it on google
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Anonymous answered
I'm not sure but I know it's not a garter snake. Yellow doesn't go around the body on a garter, it goes the length of the body.

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